Murder on Reserve

by  Thomas Hischak

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 5f, 1m or f

In the small midwestern town of Sanford, the impossible has happened: someone has strangled crotchety old Faulkner Seaton in the reference section of the local library while the dusty old landmark was open. Most puzzling of all is the fact that nobody in the place saw or heard a thing. Vivid characters and a plot that keeps the audience guessing make this whodunit an enjoyable romp for any theatre group.

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Murder on Reserve

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In the small midwestern town of Sanford, the impossible has happened: someone has strangled crotchety old Faulkner Seaton in the reference section of the local library while the dusty old landmark was open to the public. Most puzzling of all is the fact that nobody in the place saw or heard a thing. Inspector Trigg and his assistant, Lt. Elizabeth Roberts, are brought in from St. Louis to solve the mystery, only to discover the most unlikely collection of suspects: a meticulous librarian, his repressed assistant, a talkative small time speculator, a sweet high school girl, an elderly hypochondriac, a cynical library worker and a colorful drifter. It develops that old Seaton had stumbled into something important in the reference section and a missing book becomes the only clue. Trigg and Roberts set a trap to catch the murderer that results in a thrilling and revealing conclusion. Vivid characters and a plot that keeps the audience guessing make this whodunit an enjoyable romp for any theatre group.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The public library of Sanford, Illinois.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 5f, 1m or f

FAULKNER SEATON - a retired high school teacher
WILEY MYERS - a crusty, colorful character and a familiar face in town; shabby, middle-aged, walks with a limp
KELLY PERKINS - a high school student who works at the library part time; a bright, popular girl
FERN MANSFIELD - a middle-aged woman who works at the library; sly, knowing, good sense of humor
JUDITH KARR - assistant librarian; a faded woman in her forties with a continual distressed look about her
ETHAN BINNIE - head librarian; an exacting, humorless dictator who seems much oldr than his middle age
INSPECTOR TRIGG - a detective from St. Louis; nobody's fool
LT. ELIZABETH ROBERTS - his assistant; a knowing woman in her thirties; quiet but alert
ROY TEMPLETON - a businessman and speculator; a shrewd but likeable man in his late thirties
MRS. CHELSEY - an elderly widow; a demanding hypochondriac

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the J ...

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